Sunday, January 09, 2005

It's another big Bush scam. There is NO Social Security crisis, except that Bush is gunning for it.

The Social Security program has built-in self-protection, and that self-protection has been working just fine. In fact, over the past 20 years, the date in the future that the program can no longer pay promised benefits has actually been pushing further and further out into the future, just as it was designed to do.

What is not built into Social Security, however, is self-defense against those who would deliberately weaken it through legislation. Republican planners have wanted since its inception to get rid of Social Security. Now they are trying to exploit their stranglehold on all government mechanisms to do exactly that, over a period of time, of course, because the general public would not allow the tinkering if they fully understood.

Bush's initial proposals would drastically cut future benefits of the now younger work force while dishing out hundreds of billions in fees to his Wall Street pals.

Add to this the fact that the transition cost would be $1 to $2 trillion, which would have to be borrowed, thus further burdening our national debt and risking further economic consequences as a result of that burgeoning debt.

Just as it did leading up to the Iraq War, the right wing propaganda machine is working overtime lying about a crisis that doesn't exist, the need to fix a successful program that is not broken, all to force their aggressive and stingy agenda down working peoples throats. How many times will this gullible American public let Bush and his spendthrift gang of rampaging radicals sucker us into expensive ventures that hurt everyone except the rich?


For more, read this Newsday article.


 

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio - Status Report of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff

Nationwide there were tens of thousands of complaints of voter irregularities. When examined in key states, these irregularities almost always broke for Bush. Without massive intentional efforts to determine the outcome (fraud), such an overall break would be statistically impossible.

Download and read this very important document about problems in Ohio to understand how the 2004 burial of Democracy was pulled off in that state, and keep in mind, this report only covers one key state, Ohio.

Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio
Status Report of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff


This report is the record of the only government investigation into organized voter suppression in Ohio, despite numerous citizen complaints to election officials and local and federal law enforcement agencies. The report is backed by the results of hearings on location, expert testimony, and sworn affidavits of election volunteers and disenfranchised voters. Despite what some congressmen claimed today, testimony is evidence.

"With regards to our factual finding, in brief, we find that there were massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies in Ohio. In many cases these irregularities were caused by intentional misconduct and illegal behavior, much of it involving Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio."


 

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Bush's Sequel to Ashcroft
Heading for Supreme Court If He Serves Bush Well?